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Make Your Own Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, and Lip Gloss

There is very little worse to look at or kiss than chapped lips. Just makes you shudder, doesn’t it! You want your lips to be soft, supple, moisturized, and kissable. Lips need to be protected and looking delicious no matter what the weather is outside.  Your own homemade sugar lip scrubs really help to take the dead skin off and to ... Read More »

Use essential oils to help you sleep

“But [Pooh] couldn’t sleep. The more he tried to sleep the more he couldn’t. He tried counting Sheep, which is sometimes a good way of getting to sleep, and, as that was no good, he tried counting Heffalumps. And that was worse. Because every Heffalump that he counted was making straight for a pot of Pooh’s honey, and eating it ... Read More »

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Smile and the world smiles with you. And when you have clean teeth, it is so easy to smile. But when your teeth are dirty or when you think they are dirty, you hide them. While brushing alone can clear the obvious problems, to really clean teeth, toothpaste is necessary to clean out the bacteria and sugars and keep them ... Read More »

Dill Seed Oil, Some Uses

Early Americans would chew dill seeds during church to inhibit their appetite. (7) Dill Seed oil (Anethum graveolens) is often used for digestive issues as well as for colic in babies. And there is only one way to describe the scent. It smells exactly like pickles! Aromatic influences: Calms stomach. Reduces stress and promotes restful sleep. Clears the mind and sharpens ... Read More »

Spruce Oil, Some Uses

Spruce oil (Tsuga canadensis) comes from trees native to Canada and has a long history of use for respiratory issues. Native American Indians also used to smear the resin on their bodies as an insect repellant. The oil is distilled from the needles. The scent has sparkly top notes and makes you think of Christmas trees and rainy forests. Aromatic influences: ... Read More »

Lemongrass Oil, Some Uses

Lemongrass oil (Cymbopogon citratus) comes from a fast growing grass. It looks like the same plant that Citronella comes from, which is not surprising since they come from the same genus. Lemongrass grows to be about 3 feet tall and the stalk is used to produce the oil. It has a deep, intense, sweet, lemony scent without the tart overtones of ... Read More »

Cajeput Oil, Some Uses

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajuputi) is related to Tea Tree but much harsher. It is often used for treating colds, headaches and infections.  The scent makes you think of pine and medicine, and you feel your lungs open up and breathe deeper. Aromatic influences: Pungent, warming, and strengthening. Builds strength, especially before an operation and during postoperative shock. Combines well with: Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, ... Read More »

The Art of Romantic Aromas

Aromas are the best way to influence mood. You can make someone feel happy, calm, energetic, relaxed, focused, romantic, etc by your choice of aroma. When the aroma of essential oils is used, the effect on the mind and feelings is complex, powerful, and subtle. The oils have a physiological action on the body, because of their therapeutic properties. When ... Read More »

Aromatherapy Skin Care: All-Over Body Care

In previous articles on Aromatherapy Skin Care, I covered treatments for the face. We all focus on that the most because our faces get the most exposure the weather, environmental pollutants, central heating, and other harmful elements. Not to mention the fact that our face is the first thing others see of us. But since we know the skin is ... Read More »

Petitgrain Bigarade Oil, Some Uses

This is a great oil.  It comes from the same tree as Neroli. Petitgrain Bigarade (Citrus aurantium var amara) is extracted from the leaves, Neroli from the blossom. Very productive tree! Originally this oil came from the unripened fruit of the tree, hence the name “Petit Grain” which means “Little Fruit.” It has a mild, slightly citrus scent that makes you feel ... Read More »